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An inspector calls By J B Priestly JB Priestly sets out to educate and entertain the audience, but the main point of the play is to educate. Priestly goes into great detail in describing the scene in the stage directions. He talks about what is in the room and the size of the room "...The dining room only fairly large the suburban house, belonging to a prosperous manufactured. It has good solid furniture if of the time..." As you can tell he wants the scene to be set up exactly as he wants. Also he tells us were each character is sitting "Arthur burling at one end, his wife at the other, Eric down stage and Gerald and Sheila up stage". Priestly is going into lots of detail that is not important, I think he is doing this to show that the play is an ordinary 'well off' family just like many of the audience that would have been watching the play in 1946. The characters are brought alive by there description in stage directions "Arthur Birling is a heavy looking, rather portentous man in a middle fifties ...read more.


Dramatic tension is created when he tells part of what happened, knowing that some someone in the room would have played at part in. when the character realises that he or she has had something to do with what the inspector is saying they tend to act startled like then Sheila says "when was this" and Gerald says "what?". But eventually they all end up telling there side of the story. Gradually the moral of the story unfolds, as we don't actually know if any of people have met or taken part in Eva smith's life. All that we know from the inspector is that "two hours ago a young girl had died in the infirmary". The audience think that they have gone to see a typical 'who did it' play but you start to realise that the play is a political statement. The play sets out to make the audience think about the consequences that things they do in there life may have a big effect on other people. ...read more.


We see a change in the attitude of Eric and Sheila, they both realise that the events in Eva smiths live that they were involved in contributed a big part in her death. Sheila felt very bad from the beginning of the play but Eric didn't really care, but as we get more and more into the play he starts to show guilt and realise what he did was wrong. Sheila says: "I remember what he said, how he looked, and what he made me feel. Fire and blood and anguish. And it frightens me the way you talk, and I can't listen to anymore of it". And Eric says: "and I agree with what Sheila. It frightened me too." An Inspector Calls by J B Priestly sets out to educate the audience, giving a strong reminder to the audience that we are all humans and we need to learn to live together, and to get along with each over. Also small actions in out lives may have a huge affect on other people's lives. He tells us this by saying "if we do not learn this lesson 'then we will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Jack Cheal Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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